Nice one! Although the other Mike James Kirkland LP reissued by Luv N Haight is fairly well known amongst classic soul collectors, this harder-to-find 2nd album is a totally rare gem – and it's great to have it back out again. As with Kirkland's other work, the record has a beautiful deep ... read moreCD
Tight 80s soul from Kleeer – one of the group's standout classics, and a set that's produced with kind of a jazzy finish by Deodato, who also plays some nice keyboards on the record! The Kleeer sound is at its height here – tight, warm, and filled with great harmonies on the vocals ... read moreCD
(In a very cool Japanese-styled, LP-like cardboard sleeve cover! Out of print.)
Crazy funk from a crazy-costumed geezer with an equally crazy name – one of those lost rare funky nuggets that's every bit as great as you might guess from the cover and title! Boobie Knight's a killer here – and works in a groove that's somewhere between Sly & The Family Stone and ... read moreCD
Rock-solid Buddah work from Gladys Knight & The Pips – still pretty righteous on the vocal tip, but often a bit fuller and more polished than before! Knight shows a great talent for a mature ballad here – no big hits, but that's part of the charm of the set – as there's a ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Gladys Knight & The Pips —
Love Songs ... CD Motown/Universal, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ...
A landmark album of funky genius – and one of the first times a batch of funky 45s had ever been so tightly sewn into a full LP! By the time of this album's release, Kool & The Gang were already underground legends – cutting it up in small clubs around the east and midwest, and ... read moreCD
Great stuff – a collection of funky instrumentals, issued under the title of one of Kool & The Gang's best albums, with loads of bonus tracks! Although the original Kool & The Gang release of this album is cool enough, this great CD compilation goes one better, and adds about double ... read moreCD
Sure, it's not the classic years of the 70s, but Kool & The Gang sound surprisingly great here on this recent set – grooving in a well-done, tightly-crafted way that may not exactly be early 70s funk, but which is still right up there with some of their later, mellower work! The rhythms ... read moreCD
Sweet jazzy funk – from the cornbelt of Omaha! The LA Carnival are one of those rarer-than-rare funk groups who not only never got their due back in the day – but also recorded a heck of a lot of great material that never even got issued! They have a totally great sound that bubbles ... read moreCD
2 albums on 2 CDs – both big ones from Patti's classic solo years! It's Alright By Me was recorded at the height of the disco years, Patti's really shining on the mellower cuts – hitting a serious soulful side that shows that her move to a solo act really let her move into more ... read moreCD
The first two Last Poets albums back to back in one great 2CD set! The Last Poets is the first album by the second group to call themselves the Last Poets – and as fierce a document of their rich talents as you'll ever find – bursting forth with anger and righteousness at a level as ... read moreCD
An overstuffed collection of greatness from Latimore – an extended set that's filled with warm soulful classics from the 70s – and a few more gems from later years too! Latimore's always had a really unique approach – steeped in southern soul, yet delivered with some slightly ... read moreCD
(Please note: Although these CDs are legit, they are produced as CDRs with artwork by copyright owner Henry Stone.)
Stacy Lattisaw's first album for Motown – the nicely grooving Take Me All The Way from 1986 – featuring production from some of the biggest and brightest modern soul producers in the game at the time, and most importantly, lovely vocals from Stacy! There's a cohesive modern vibe all ... read moreCD
Incredible work from one of the greatest groups on the east coast scene at the end of the 50s – a wonderful harmony combo, but one with a hell of a lead singer too! Anthony's voice is hardly "little" here – as he belts it out with this raw soul power that's years ahead of its ... read moreCD
An excellent album of smooth soul tracks – very different than Little Beaver's earlier work, but every bit as great! The album's got a warm, mellow finish that's almost a maturation of the sound that Beaver first forged on his Party Down album – with plenty of his deep soul vocals and ... read moreCD
A wonderful selection of work from the great Little Richard – a 64 track package that not only includes loads of gems from his early years on Specialty Records, but also includes a lot of near-forgotten material from his great run on Vee Jay as well! The Specialty tracks are the stuff of ... read moreCD
A much rootsier set than some of Little Richard's other work for Reprise Records – a record that almost goes back to the old days, but via the hipper styles of the early 70s! HB Barnum arranged and produced the set, but the groove is less funkier than some of Barnum's other work of the time ... read moreCD
Love Unlimited —
In Heat ... CD 20th Century/Universal (UK), 1974. Used ...
Classic 70s female soul – and one of the best albums ever recorded by Love Unlimited – a trio of ladies recording with Barry White during his glory years! The album's got a really incredible approach – partly in the mode of older female group soul, but also done with a hipper, ... read moreCD
A wonderful compilation of some of Virgin Islands-raised soul jazz great John Lucien's better material – culled from his ever-fresh records for RCA and Columbia throughout the 70s – really incredible stuff that works it's magic every time we hear it, yet has never been particularly easy ... read moreCD
2CD set that brings together just about all of the great tracks that Mandrill recorded for Polydor during their stint at the label in the early 70s. As you probably already know, their Polydor material was easily their best stuff – and it's got a deep soulful vibe, punctuated with nice funky ... read moreCD
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Recent work by The Manhattans – now reduced to the duo of Gerald Alston and Blue Lovett, but still plenty darn soulful! The tunes here follow the mellower groove of the group's later work – a space that lets Alston and Lovett really stretch out vocally – not as harmony-based as ... read moreCD
Great later work from The Manhattans – an album that's perhaps the group's last big commercial effort, but a set that also has all the depth of some of their older harmony classics too! There's a touch of 80s groove in the mix at points, but the vocals are mostly the main attraction here ... read moreCD
The never-before released full album from keyboardist Manzel Bush – the legendary 70s funk figure well-remembered for his classic break tracks! As a whole, the album's a masterpiece of spacey keyboards and funky drums – funkier than just about any other record we can think of from the ... read moreCD
A really great step forward for Barbara Mason – a record that's got her working in a more mature mode than before, and a deeper soul style as well! One of the bigger developments of Barbara Mason's career was her participation in the "answer song" cycle that circulated around ... read moreCD
Masters Of Soul —
Right On! ... CD Soul Tay Shus, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ...
Heavy funk from a nearly-unknown group – The Masters Of Soul, a tremendous Texas group from the cusp of the 70s! The Masters have a super-heavy sound that's very much like the best of the Detroit funky soul acts of the late 60s – a Norman Whitfield-inspired blend of bass and righteous ... read moreCD
2 overlooked gems from Curtis Mayfield – back to back on one CD! Give Get Take & Have is done with an emphasis on warmer, sweeter styles – tunes that mix a subtle approach to funk with some great warm vocals from Curtis – in a way that re-exposes his talents as a singer of ... read moreCD
The first solo album from the team of Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr – and a set that's arguably even more soulful than their work together in The 5th Dimension! The pair are lucky to have Groovesville soul maestro Don Davis at the helm – helping them hit a more mature, more ... read moreCD
Forget the "honky tonk" in the title – because this girl knows how to groove! Ellen McIlwaine's got to be one of the most unique talents of the past 50 years – a skilled guitarist, and great singer – working in a blend of folk, jazz, and soul that lies somewhere between ... read moreCD
The amazing debut of Ronnie McNeir – a 70s soul maestro we'd rank right up there with Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson, or Leon Ware – but one who's possibly even more impressive, given that he cut this record when he was only 22 years old! The album's quite heavy on keyboards – ... read moreCD
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes —
Blue Album ... CD Source/Solaris, 1980. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Surprisingly great post-Philly International work from Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – recorded at a time when the group had actually let a female singer into their ranks! Sharon Paige is the lady here – and she creates a nice sense of interplay with the male singers in the group ... read moreCD
Nice! US reissue of one of the better post-Josie albums by the Meters, with a groove that's a little New Orleans, and a little 70's funky soul. Not all cuts are great, but there's some nice funky tracks on here that make this one worth having, and which keep it from being a disappointment, like ... read moreCD
A sweet Cali set from The Meters – one that loses a bit of their rougher roots, yet still holds onto plenty of funk at the same time! By the mid 70s, the New Orleans soul sound had broken out of the underground, was residing happily in mainstream LA. Allen Toussaint already produced a ... read moreCD
18 tracks of classic Miami funk! The band Miami was one of the best 70s combos working in the Sunshine State – and their original records are filled with tasty funky grooves. This great set brings together cuts from both of their rare albums for the Drive/TK label, plus some other nice cuts ... read moreCD
A righteous group soul classic from the 70s – the one and only album from The Modulations, and a lasting classic that almost beats the multiple album runs of some of their contemporaries! The group's a southern harmony quartet at their core, but they also get some really great backings on ... read moreCD
A lost soul classic – issued here for the first time! Sam Moore's better known as the "Sam" in the classic Sam & Dave team – famous for their killer 60s soul sides for Stax Records – and this set was originally recorded at the end of the 60s, when Sam was toying ... read moreCD
Long overdue-best of collection of work by Mutiny – a band formed by 70s Parliament drummer Jerome Brailey, who left P-Funk in a snit after internal and money-type problems with the group. (Thus the name Mutiny on the Mamaship – an obvious reference to the"Mothership.") The ... read moreCD
Amazing harmony soul – two massive albums, plus bonus cuts too! Natural Four's first self-titled album on the Curtom label has an amazing "rough with the smooth" quality that really sets them apart from east coast groups of the time! Part of the strength of the set has to do with ... read moreCD
Very early work from Art Neville – recorded for Specialty Records in the late 50s! The style here is strongly in a New Orleans mode – lots of heavy piano in the rhythms, rolling along with a slow, mighty power just like the Mississip' – a perfect backdrop for Neville's blues-tinge ... read moreCD
A surprisingly well-thought out set of tracks that is perhaps the only ever time someone at RCA did a good job with a soul reissue! The filled-to-the brim compilation features 16 tracks from the legendary New Birth Inc. collective that also included the funky combo The Nite Liters and the vocal ... read moreCD
The album that made Billy Ocean a superstar for a little while, one that had a HUGE couple of years on the charts, even longer service as a snapshot of its era, and is now one that we can look at freshly and appreciate for all of the unstoppably catchy pop soul craft that made it so massive in the ... read moreCD
Ohio Players —
Back ... CD Track Record/Cleopatra, 1988. Used ...
Ohio Players bounce back for this late 80s album – coming across with a leaner groove than before, and a style that's right up there with the best mainstream funk of the time! Most instrumentation is electric – plenty of beats and keyboards here – but the group still seem to hang ... read moreCD
A great collection of the pre-Philly International work by The O'Jays – including some of their rare early sides for Imperial, and some of their smoother group numbers for Bell. The set includes a number of great tracks that we've only ever seen on singles – and titles include "Whi ... read moreCD
Three girls and a guy – and one of the greatest 60s soul groups to ever come out of Philly! Although they started out mostly in a girl group mode, The Orlons soon expanded their sound into a harder range of soul-based work – really picking up steam on the Philly scene, and pushing ... read moreCD
The first 2 Shuggie Otis albums on one CD – and with bonus material, too! Shuggie's well known for his trippy guitar work and vocals on the famous album Inspiration Information, and both of these sets predate that one – showing Shuggie in his formative years, stepping off some early ... read moreCD
Rare Florida soul from Betty Padgett – a 70s singer who didn't chart nearly as high as some of her sunshine state contemporaries, but who sounds equally great on this rare self-titled debut! Like Gwen McCrae, Betty's got a great way both with mellow, soul-drenched tunes, and with funkier ... read moreCD
Harmony soul heaven – a rare double-header from two hip New York groups! Both The Paragons and Jesters have a fantastic approach – heavy on group vocal interplay, in ways that really show the evolution of doo wop in the early soul years! There's a heartbreaking quality to many of the ... read moreCD
29 track compilation of Bobby Patterson's rockin' soul tracks cut for the Jetstar label in the 60's, with a good hard groove and some great vocals courtesy of the man himself. Tracks include "Sock Some Lovin' At Me", "You Just Got To Understand", "Good Ol Days", " ... read moreCD
Tamika Patton —
#1 ... CD Orpheus, 1989. Used ...
Beautifully sweet soul by Billy Paul – perhaps a bit more pop soul than some of his other albums, but no less great! Gamble & Huff were firmly in the control room on this one – and the results show on excellent cuts like the huge hit "Me & Mrs. Jones", the funky ... read moreCD
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Paul Hardcastle —
4 ... CD Trippin' N' Rhythm/Hardcastle, 2005. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A mega-hit from Peaches & Herb – best known for the crossover classic "Reunited", but equally great for a host of modern soul groovers! The duo first achieved fame at the end of the 60s – through a set of key pop soul tracks that had a warm and sweet finish. Here, though ... read moreCD
(Limited edition of 5000 copies – pressed up in a very cool LP-styled cover! CD sleeve has some light rippling and wear along the opening from light water damage – everything else in this package is fine.)
Seminal work by one of the biggest gospel crossover stars of the 80s – the mighty mighty David Peaston, a man with a truly god-like voice! Production on the album occasionally has too much of that 80s slickness, but even so, David's voice cuts through the whole thing with a spiritual warmth ... read moreCD
Sublime genius from one of the greatest male soul singers ever – the incredible Teddy Pendergrass, leading light of the Philly scene in the 70s! The 2CD set brings together 27 tracks Teddy's monumental solo career for Philadelphia International Records – tunes done after his time as ... read moreCD
Sublime stuff! When Teddy left Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, he was making one of the best moves of his career – as you'll hear on these amazing tracks, totally perfect bits of modern soul that moved the career of Teddy up about a zillion notches, and which also had a profound effect ... read moreCD